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New Varroa mite found in Annandale, North Queensland

July 21, 2016
Varroa mite on pupa

As part of the Queensland’s surveillance activities in response to the detection of varroa mite at the port of Townsville, one feral Asian honey bee hive was located on 17 June, in the backyard of a property in Annandale. This property is about 9 km south-west of the port of Townsville, where Asian honey bees were found with varroa mites. Read More »

Greenhouse Technical Management Course

July 21, 2016
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

The next Greenhouse Technical Management Course will be held at the Virginia Horticultural Centre, South Australia, from 8-12 August 2016. This course is specifically designed to develop high level technical and management skills of growers in protected cropping, suppliers of hydroponic equipment, agronomists, and horticultural researchers and educators. Read More »

Varroa and Asian honey bee surveillance program

July 13, 2016
Varroa mite on pupa

Biosecurity Queensland is implementing a quarantine and surveillance program within a 10km radius of the Townsville port after confirming detection of varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) in an Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) hive at the port. Read More »

International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture 2016

July 11, 2016
Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia

The International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture 2016 (ISTTH2016) will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia, from 20-25 November 2016. The Congress will be hosted by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc. (AIH) and the Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AuSHS), the purpose of the Symposia is to bring together stakeholders in horticulture science and the horticulture industry. The Symposia will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to interact across the chain networks to share innovative new research outcomes linked to delivering economic benefits, productivity and profitability across the globe. Read More »

Varroa mites found in Townsville port

July 6, 2016
Varroa destructor

An Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) hive has been found at the port in Townsville, Queensland, with scientific analysis of the bees confirming that two varroa mites (Varroa jacobsoni) were present on two of the bees. Read More »

Horticulture Innovation Australia vegetable industry investment

July 3, 2016
HIA industry investment

Horticulture Innovation Australia recently invested more than $6 million into 10 new vegetable industry capacity building projects. These aim to help regional growers enhance their businesses through increased consumer alignment, market and value chain development, and farm productivity including resource use and management. Read More »

Water quality needed for different hydroponic crops? – Part 2

July 1, 2016
Rick Donnan

Following on from last month’s question on water quality, here are some more guidelines. These list the Dutch guidelines for the maximum levels of sodium that are acceptable in recirculating solutions for a range of crops.

I have also included more recommendations as to different water sources, especially the collection of rainwater.

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »